New look Toronto main street open for business

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All the waiting is over. The sight of hard-working council staff digging up the old footpath, replacing it, planting shrubs and building new infrastructure is now complete in Toronto’s main street, The Boulevarde.

The streetscape has a fresh look and a new cosmopolitan vibe following completion of more than $4 million in improvement works covering almost the entire southern side of the street.

The Toronto Streetscape Master Plan has delivered wide level footpaths, pleasant outdoor dining areas, shade structures and attractive new landscaping with improved view corridors to the lake, enhancing the aesthetic and pedestrian appeal of the busy town centre.

The Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the main street is looking great and encouraged locals and visitors to come and enjoy the new facilities.

“Toronto has always been one of our most picturesque town centres, and the streetscape works have made it an even more attractive place to visit,” Cr Fraser said.

Mayor Kay Fraser with Brenda Hartmire and Roger Easton

“The improved amenities and landscaping have enhanced the dining and browsing experience along The Boulevarde and are a perfect complement to the town centre’s diverse mix of cafes, restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques,” said Mayor Fraser.

The Secretary of the Toronto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Brenda Hartmire, said the new promenade-style footpaths made it much easier to get around and visitors were making good use of the new seating and other facilities.

“Toronto business owners are very keen to show off our new town centre and we encourage people to come and enjoy the improved shopping and dining environment,” Ms Hartmire said.

To celebrate the completion of the streetscape works, local businesses have banded together to encourage town centre visits with a Shop Local, Shop in Toronto promotion running throughout July. Shoppers receive stamps on a card each time they spend $20 or more at a local business and can go into a draw for prizes once they have collected stamps from five stores. Cards are available from all participating businesses.

Council will undertake roadworks on The Boulevarde to complete the beautification and reinvigoration of the town centre. The works will involve relocation of old water mains and an upgrade of the road surface. Staging of the work will be undertaken in consultation with local businesses to minimise disruption.